New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

September 22, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Playa haterz

September 21, 2018
King, Darrell, 1968- author.
77 pages ; 21 cm
"Darrell King presents"--Cover.
Purcell "Prettyboi" Grier is a gigolo whose clientele includes narcotics dealer and diva Tashelle "Trixie" Freeman. Prettyboi gets caught up in the Atlanta police department's narcotics investigation of the dope queen, and has to find a way out.


September 19, 2018
Monroe, Mary, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018.
198 pages ; 19 cm
Volunteering at a soup kitchen during the Christmas season to navigate midlife doubts, Beatrice Powell finds unexpected comfort in a relationship with a homeless man, Charles Davenport, who was driven to a life on the streets after the devastating loss of his family.

Dream country

September 18, 2018
Gibney, Shannon, author.
New York, NY : Dutton, [2018]
335 pages ; 22 cm
2008, Minneapolis. Kollie Flomo, at once too black and not black enough for his African American peers and worn down by the expectations of his own Liberian family and community, turns to violence. 1926, Liberia. Togar Somah, an indigenous Liberian, is on the run from government militias that would force him to work the plantations of the Congo people, descendants of the African American slaves who colonized Liberia almost a century earlier. 1827. The children of Yasmine Wright leave a Virginia plantation with their mother for Liberia, promised freedom by the American Colonization Society. 1980. Ujay and Evelyn dare to believe their love can survive Liberia's approaching revolution. 2018, Minneapolis. A dreamer attempts to weave her family's history into a new future.-- adapted from jacket

Stackin' paper V : stay schemin' : a novel

September 18, 2018
King, Joy Deja, 1978- author.
Collierville, TN : A King Production, [2018]
211, 7, 12 pages ; 22 cm
Includes excerpts of other works by the author.
At head of title: A King Production presents.
Genesis and his clique are back in Stackin' Paper Part 5. Amir's deception has made him an outsider to the man he respects the most. Will Father and Son ever see eye to eye again? Supreme, Nico, T-Roc and Lorenzo all team up for the greater good, to put an end to Arnez's reign of terror but is it too little too late? Caleb admires Genesis and wants nothing more to be accepted into his inner circle but will his ties to Genesis's arch enemy make that impossible? Precious has always been a woman who played by her own rules. But is she ready to change how she plays the game, to save her daughter Aaliyah? With the stakes so high, the only choice you have, is to Stay Schemin' in Part 5 of the Stackin' Paper Series.

In love with a Brooklyn thug

August 30, 2018
Nako, author.
229 pages ; 21 cm
"Nia Hudson, fashion powerhouse and philanthropist, swore that love wasn't for her because she was too busy chasing after her dreams. The quiet girl from Brooklyn refused to go back to the projects. Being raised by her selfish aunt was the push she needed to run far away and never return. But when a blast from the past resurfaces and refuses to take "no" for an answer, Nia decides to give him one hour of her time. Surprisingly, one hour turns into a week, a week transpires into months, and before she knows it, the two have become a couple." --

Nostrand Avenue

August 30, 2018
Jasper, Kenji, author
New York : Kensington Publishing, [2018]
212 pages ; 21 cm.
Kango, a former "fixer" quietly running a soul food restaurant in Washington, D.C., is brought out of retirement after an old friend asks him to return to Brooklyn to settle a score, a situation that brings him face-to-face with the forces that sent him into exile.

The outside child

August 30, 2018
Warren, Tiffany L., author.
298 pages ; 20 cm
"A Dafina book."
"He's the down-to-earth, loving, and protective man she never thought she'd find. And with her own successful career, Chenille plans to be more than just a famous athlete's wife. She's determined to balance work, marriage, and motherhood, as the couple awaits their first child . . . Until their son is born with a crippling heart ailment. Until a devastated Brayden starts putting his career above everything else, taking comfort from anywhere but home . . . Little by little, Chenille picks up the pieces as she and Brayden try to make their marriage work once more. But when he fathers a baby that the mother can't keep, will this be the final blow? Or can they find a way past betrayal into unexpected hope--to at last have a future worth everything?"--Provided by publisher.

Second time sweeter

August 29, 2018
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
285 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
A redemption-seeking recovering alcoholic and foster-child mentor seeks forgiveness from the woman he betrayed, while a store owner and his high school sweetheart consider a second chance at love.

I was made to love you

August 29, 2018
Wren, Jessica, author.
358 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"Let it burn! Ceanna is forced to bury her best friend Tonya after a sudden illness. Now she's guardian to her best friend's daughter, and Ceanna wonders if she can raise Jalisa and deal with the newly discovered betrayal by Tonya and her husband Jaceyon. Fighting for a divorce while carrying Jaceyon's twin daughters, Ceanna tries to mask her emotions and deal with her situation. Avantae knows that loving his stepbrother's wife is wrong, but he can't deny his feelings for Ceanna. After surviving a bullet from his stepbrother, Avantae rebuilds his strength, reunites with his mother, and steps away from the streets. He is determined to be a better man for Ceanna. He finds passion in music and settles into the family life. Things are finally looking up for him, until Zaria comes back to settle a score. Zaria is determined to have Avantae to herself. He was her first love, and she hasn't been able to let him go. She has a son that she has kept hidden from Avantae. Determined to make them a family, Zaria will stop at nothing to ruin the life he has built with Ceanna. When doors aren't fully shut from the past, they have a way of ruining possibilities in the future. Can Ceanna and Avantae's love stand in the midst of a raging storm?"--Back cover.

Me and my girl

August 29, 2018
Phillips, C. N., author.
216 pages ; 21 cm
When Matise Jackson tells her best friend, Jordan Heart, the kind of woman he should be with she is describing herself. She just knows he's the man for her but before she can tell him, he shows up with LIa who is everything Matise told him he needed. But maybe Lia has some secrets of her own.

An ominous affair

August 29, 2018
Empress Simone, author.
[United States?] : Empressed for Life Presents, [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 21 cm
"Neffeteria Upchurch's encounter with Dotson Cummins proves to be her greatest challenge yet. Dotson isn't your average all-American who comes from 'long money'. He's a hip, down to earth, try anything once type of guy which includes a bit of S&M. Everything seems smooth between the two until Neffeteria's chance meeting with Dotson's father, Ireland Cummins and brother Jeremy. Secrets are divulged leaving Dotson and Neffeteria's relationship in a lurch. Will their newly formed bond stands such devastation or will their tie be broken forever? The older Cummins seems to have the answer even if that means his son doesn't end up with the love of his life. So what road will Dotson and Neffeteria choose, Love or Money?"--Back cover.

Murk season : a novel

August 29, 2018
Empress Simone, author.
[United States?] : Empressed for Life Presents, [2018]
440 pages ; 23 cm
"What happens when someone you love is in trouble? Do you endanger yourself to help lift their burdens? Or do you remain neutral in hopes that the trouble fades away? These were questions Sky Cunningham was faced with when approached by Arien Carson. What was her decision? Did she risk losing everything to save and avenge her loved one from the demons out to get them? Read along to find out what became of Sky and Arien and those close to them and those whom they loved dearly"--Back cover.


August 24, 2018
Weber, Carl, 1964- author.
316 pages ; 24 cm
When he graduates with his law degree, handsome and charismatic Langston Hudson is ready to hit the ground running as a lawyer with his family's firm, but a routine traffic stop during a night out with his friends quickly derails his plans and turns his world upside down. Langston and his friends are arrested after officers find half a million dollars' worth of drugs in his car. When Jacqueline Hudson learns of her son's arrest, she immediately begins to build her case. She is one of the top lawyers in the country, with a reputation for being a shark in the courtrooms. She is confident that she will be able to get justice for her son - until she realizes that she will be going up against an old flame. She questions if this district attorney is allowing their personal history to interfere with the case at hand. To complicate matters, Jacqueline discovers that her firm is being sued by a former secretary for sexual harassment and illegal termination. Her older son, Lamont, who is also a lawyer, has been using the law firm like a personal dating service for much too long, and his misbehavior might have finally caught up with him.

Cold bayou

August 23, 2018
Hambly, Barbara, author.
250 pages ; 23 cm.
"New Orleans, 1839. Despite his misgivings, Benjamin January has agreed to play the piano at the wedding of wealthy French Creole landowner Veryl St-Chinian. All is not well, for the marriage of 67-year-old, profoundly infatuated Uncle Veryl to an 18-year-old Irish tavern-slut spells potential disaster for everyone in the inter-married Viellard and St-Chinian clans. But the old man is determined to marry Miss Ellie Trask, and nothing will stand in his way. On the isolated plantation of Cold Bayou where the ceremony is to take place, tension is rife even before the body is discovered in the woods behind the dower house, its throat cut. A yet more disturbing turn of events sees January himself accused of the crime."--Provided by publisher.

Up from freedom : a novel

August 17, 2018
Grady, Wayne, author.
344 pages ; 23 cm
Virgil Moody vows to never be like his father, a slaveowner. He moves from Savannah to New Orleans and takes Annie with him. While he comes to think of her as his wife, she reminds him they'll never be equal. When their son Lucas is taken from them, Moody will travel through a country on the brink of civil war searching for Lucas, while trying to reconcile his past sins.

How are you going to save yourself

August 16, 2018
Holmes, J. M. (Jeff M.)
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
248 pages ; 25 cm
"How Are You Going to Save Yourself illuminates an entire world. At times funny, often uncomfortable, occasionally disturbing, these stories engage with issues of race, sex, drugs, class, and family. Holmes's blistering and timely new voice, richly infused with the rhythms of hip-hop that form the sound track to his characters' lives, and delivers an indelible fiction." --Jacket

No loyalty

August 14, 2018
Diamond, De'nesha, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
265 pages ; 22 cm
Dangerous liaisons / De'nesha Diamond -- Tears of blood / A'zayler.
Urban lit superstar De'nesha Diamond teams up with newcomer A'zayler to deliver a power-packed thrill ride that will appeal to fans of Wahida Clarke and Ashley & JaQuavis.

Relationship status

August 14, 2018
Dreamz, Deshon, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
236 pages ; 21 cm.
"Tori has loved the same man for what seems like her entire life, but with a list of broken promises and lies told by her husband, Keyton, Tori finds herself at a crossroads. Does she try to salvage her marriage with the love of her life, or move on from all the pain and turmoil? Full-figured and beautiful TaNia is as independent as they come. She keeps her business in order and depends on no one. After her father's death, she moves back home to take care of her mother, which takes a lot of adjustment on her part. In the midst of all the changes in her life, her friend Lemonte has decided he wants more. He is on a mission to make her his, whether or not TaNia is ready for that. Winter has always depended on someone, whether it was her parents or the man she was in a relationship with. She no longer wants to be that girl, so she makes some changes and learns to stand on her own two feet. She lives a lifestyle that she is not particularly proud of, but it makes her goals and dreams that much easier to accomplish. Her parents are traditional and old school, so she hides her life from them, but when she lands in the sights of Demarco, she has to make a choice between love and comfort."--Back cover.

Addicted to a dirty south thug

August 13, 2018
Shan (Myss Shan), author.
263 pages ; 21 cm
Khian 'Khi' Prince is a certified boss with what seems to be the weight of the world on his shoulders. His brother Daelan 'Dae' Prince is the ultimate bad boy with pretty-boy looks and a no-nonsense type of attitude. Kaedee Prince is known in the streets because of his brothers, but he's also known in the courtroom as one not to be messed with - he and his wife Deonna run the most sought-after law firm in the city. When her ex shows up, Deonna finds herself in love with two men. She's forced to choose, but when that decision lands someone in a grave, are the Prince brothers ready for a war?

Bikes, toys & hot boyz

August 13, 2018
Woods, Genesis, author.
361 pages ; 21 cm.
"For sisters Diem, Drea, and Ophelia, coming from the same bloodline as Julian "Knight" Hart meant that the legacy of their motorcycle club, Hart's Angels, must continue to live up to his expectations. Although the sisters are as different as night and day, they were taught by their father that it's always family over everything."--Back cover.


August 13, 2018
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
360 pages ; 21 cm
Sibling rivalry / by Carl Weber -- Love seldom, trust never / by Ty Marshall -- The bag is in / by Marlon PS White.
Headlined by New York Times bestseller Carl Weber, three authors bring readers tales of power, greed, and ambition set in some of the country's roughest neighborhoods.

Connected to the plug. 4

August 10, 2018
Williams, Dwan Marquis (Novelist), author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2018.
210 pages ; 22 cm
After two more gang shootings, Fuzzy wonders if the next body to drop will be her own. Meanwhile, another queen pin, B.B., devises an exit strategy, but becomes the target of Detective Bass.

Secrets of a kept chick saga : renaissance collection

August 7, 2018
Davis, Ambria, author.
234 pages ; 23 cm.
Born into poverty in New Orleans, Mimi seeks a way out of the ghetto and finds it in one of the city's biggest dope dealers, but being a gangster's wife soon catches up to her and she moves to Atlanta where she finds new struggles and a past that won't stay behind her.

Dream's life 2 : Amilia's chaos

August 2, 2018
Baker, Assa Raymond, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, [2018]
200 pages ; 22 cm
The Gomez syndicate, is one of Milwaukee's deadliest criminal organizations. When Cheez, one of its high-ranking members is assassinated, his wife Amilia is left with tremendous grief...And little to no answers as to who's responsible. Cheez's death leaves a power vacuum within the gangland landscape, one which is quickly filled by a gangster named Secret. Who later, begins spending time with Amilia. Of course, Secret's sudden close proximity to the grieving widow is no accident. Her father is after all, head of the Gomez syndicate. But Secret's seat at the table, was sealed in blood when he agreed to kill Amilia's husband at the behest of her dad. Who wanted him dead for cheating on his daughter. An act of betrayal which not only produced a child, but also gained Amilia some deadly new foes. As Secret and Amilia start to bond, the former remains emotionally torn over his devious deed. While the latter sees an opportunity to finally eradicate an assortment of enemies, both business and personal.

Finding Yvonne

August 1, 2018
Colbert, Brandy, author.
276 pages ; 22 cm
Raised by a workaholic father who is a restauranteur, Yvonne, eighteen, faces difficult choices about love, her training as a violinist, college, and career as high school graduation draws near.


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